Why Nerlens Noel could be a perfect trade target for Brooklyn Nets

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Nerlens Noel’s Contract Is Inexpensive

Back in November, the New York Knicks signed Nerlens Noel to a one-year, $5M contract to come off-the-bench behind Mitchell Robinson. New York is now the fourth organization Noel has been a part of since 2014 and he has not found much success early on in his career. 

Due to some injuries and not having the minutes to prove himself, Nerlens Noel never developed into the special center many believed him to be coming out of high school, but he is still a great shot blocker and physical big man. The word ‘toughness’ comes to mind when watching Noel play, which is exactly what the Nets need.

As things stand right now, the Brooklyn Nets are $56.1M over the salary cap and $32.7M over the tax threshold, which will cost this organization millions of dollars already. While it would cost them a little more to acquire Nerlens Noel, it would be very much worthwhile and they could easily trade for him. 

Nicolas Claxton and Tyler Johnson are two bench players who do not play much that could be traded for salary purposes and the Nets could also trade the Knicks a second-round pick to acquire Noel. All-in-all, this is nothing for the Nets as they have one thing on their mind — championship. 

With no other reliable big man options on their roster besides Jordan and the need to not only get better defensively, but in the paint, Nerlens Noel is the best option for the Brooklyn Nets on the trade market for a low price.

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